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  • In early May, GECD sponsored two events to help international students understand the process of job searching in the U.S. The first, “What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment,” was co-sponsored with the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and featured speaker and author Dan Beaudry. The second, “Job Search for International Students,” was a panel talk with recruiters from Exponent, Broad Institute, Formlabs, and EverQuote. The International Students Office helped promote the series, which drew 145 students and postdocs.

    Dan BeaudryInternational students looking for jobs in the U.S. face many challenges and much uncertainty. First, they need to find employers willing to sponsor them for work visas. Even when employers are eager to sponsor them, candidates have to enter into a national lottery to obtain work visas, with no guarantees that they will receive one. The current federal administration’s approach to immigration has created additional uncertainty.

    Beaudry often addresses these challenges in his talks on campus, drawing on his experience as former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. A key part of his advice to international students is that the conventional method of sending out resumes to listed job openings is an ineffective and discouraging way to find a good job...

  • Editor's note: This recent op-ed piece in the New York Times on how to attract women to the field of engineering features D-Lab as one success story in that effort.

    The figures are well known: At Apple 20 percent of tech jobs are held by women and at Google, only 17 percent. A report by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee estimates that nationwide about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women.

    As a woman with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, I look at those numbers with despair.

  • As we bid farewell to the Class of 2017, GECD is pleased to provide the results of the MIT Class of 2016 Graduating Student Survey. This survey contains information about the immediate post-graduation plans of MIT undergrads and master’s students from the Class of 2016.

    MIT’s Class of 2016 found a very robust job market, with 87% of job-seeking baccalaureate and 83% of master’s graduates who sought employment reporting acceptance of a job within three months of graduation.

    There were 1,384 respondents to the survey, representing 62% of the graduating class (including bachelor’s and master’s graduates). Highlights include:

    • About 37% of BS and 11% of MS graduates planned to attend graduate or professional school.
    • Graduating seniors reported that career fairs, followed by internships, networking, and on-campus recruiting were their primary sources of employment. Master’s graduates reported on-campus recruiting, followed by networking and internships as their primary sources. For the second year, internships that led to a job offer continue to be the second highest source of employment for graduating seniors.
    • The top industries for graduating seniors were computer software, consulting, and engineering, which has remained consistent since 2012. Consulting was still the top industry for master’s degree recipients, with computer software and investment banking rounding out the top three industries...
  • Devadas, Grossman, Sipser, and Tang awarded MIT’s highest undergraduate teaching award.

  • UAAP is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2017 Institute Convocation awards.

  • MIT alumni, faculty, and relatives of Harold "Doc" Edgerton gathered on April 13 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of MIT's original makerspaces. In this video, alumni and current students share how, in one way or another, they have been directly influenced by the ethos of the Edgerton Center—whether as a student of Edgerton himself, through taking a course in high-speed imaging, or as a member of one of the dozen student engineering teams.

  • May was a big month for the First Generation Program (FGP), which supports students who are the first in their families to attend college. On May 2, 35 MIT first generation students and nine alumni gathered for the annual Alumni Dinner. Professor Paul Lagace, faculty advisor to FGP, welcomed the group. Among the highlights of the evening were the remarks made by three of the alumni, who shared their experiences at and beyond MIT. Newly awarded MacVicar Faculty Fellow Scott Hughes offered closing thoughts.

  • The 78 students who will serve as this summer’s Orientation Leaders have been selected and have already started working to welcome the MIT Class of 2021. Many of the Orientation Leaders volunteered at Campus Preview Weekend, helping pre-frosh with luggage check-in, serving as hosts, and assisting with small group icebreakers at the student welcome event.

  • New Employees

    Several new employees joined DUE between April 25 and June 19, 2017. Wecome aboard!

  • DUE staff and other members of the MIT community gathered on May 30 to celebrate the retirement of Julie Norman, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). During her 17 years at the Institute, Julie has accomplished so much on behalf of MIT students.